Pakistani agency to probe distribution of funds by ISI

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Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency has a new job – to probe the distribution of money among politicians by the ISI for rigging the 1990 general election.
Islamabad, Nov 19: After completing a treason probe against former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency has a new job – to probe the distribution of money among politicians by the ISI for rigging the 1990 general election.

The government, acting on an order issued by the Supreme Court last year, has formed a four-member FIA committee to investigate the distribution of money by intelligence agencies.

The committee will have to collect evidence against then army chief Gen (retired) Mirza Aslam Beg and former Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt Gen (retired) Asad Durrani for their alleged role in funding a group of politicians to ensure the Pakistan People's Party's defeat in 1990.

The FIA team headed by Additional Director General Muhammad Ghalib Bandesha will question persons named in the order issued by the Supreme Court in response to the petition filed by Tehrik-e-Istaqlal chief Air Marshal (retired) Asghar Khan, The Express Tribune reported today.

Khan had accused the ISI of bankrolling politicians in the 1990s. His petition was based on an affidavit filed by Durrani.

The committee will question the alleged recipients of Rs 140 million distributed by intelligence officials among politicians.

The team will complete its report by May 2014.

The FIA, in light of the apex court's order, will initiate legal proceedings against the accused and try to gather sufficient evidence for their criminal trial, an unnamed member of the committee was quoted as saying by the Tribune.

PTI

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